Thursday, October 25, 2007

Howlin’ Wolf, the Rolling Stones and the Little Red Rooster

Wolf's only national TV appearance, on the music show Shindig (!) in 1965. The Rolling Stones were featured, and insisted that Howlin Wolf appear on the same show. Wolf is absolutely electric in the midst of all these white teenagers clapping their hands and chewing gum on the stairs of the show's set, and the way he's shaking his finger at the camera and then shakin the hell out of his booty
Howlin’ Wolf served to influence such blues-based rock musicians as the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton. In fact, he recorded a pair of albums - The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions and London Revisited - with his British disciples in the early Seventies. Howlin’ Wolf’s distinctive vocal style and rough-hewn approach to the blues can also be heard in the work of such diverse artists as Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band and Led Zeppelin. Slowed down for much of the Seventies due to serious internal injuries suffered in an automobile accident, Howlin’ Wolf gave his last performance in Chicago in November 1975 with fellow blues titan B.B. King. He died of kidney failure two months later.”

1 comment:

  1. What a PERFORMER Howlin' Wolf is. In total command of the music and his audience. His music still resonates. Thanks for sharing this.